Tuesday, 15 October 2013

An inspiration medley...

Hey guys!

I'm here with another Christmas card...big surprise there huh?!

I have made this card as a second entry into CAS-ual Fridays, an interpretation of the sketch at CAS(E) this sketch (you'll see what I mean hopefully!) an entry into the 'Transparent' challenge at Addicted To CAS AND, last but by no means least, the challenge over at WOW! Embossing Powder this month is 'Stars and Stripes'!  Phew!  

ETA:  It has been pointed out to me that this card may also qualify for the criteria over at the Merry Monday challenge which is Blue, White and Silver.  I am hoping my little pop of gold doesn't count me out, I'll pop it in to this challenge anyway and we'll soon find out I suppose!  Thank you!

Here is my card...

and a little close up for ya...

Now...I realise that this may not be exactly what the guys over at Addicted To CAS meant when they chose 'transparent' as the cue card and I'm almost certain this is completely different to what the WOW! guys had in mind too...but bear with me a moment and I'll try to explain my logic!

I was going to make these banners using acetate - that's about as transparent as it gets, right?!  But, then I thought of winter and frosty windows and so I decided on vellum to portray that...with me?!  And for WOW! I was thinking that snowflakes are like winters' stars and these banners are my stripes!  If these links are a little too tenuous then I do apologise, but that's where my little brain took me when I was thinking about the inspirations!

I swapped the speech bubbles in the CAS(E) this sketch sketch for the banners...I think that's quite obvious!  As is the stitching for the CAS-ual Fridays challenge ;)

I really wish that I'd used gold for the central banner because there's less contrast between the white and silver snowflakes than I was anticipating, but I just didn't have the time to re-do it so it is what it is!  I'm hoping it's one of those things that only pedantic arty people like us will notice and that the recipient of this card will never even consider that fact!  ;)

Now that I have my needle and threads out I have an idea for another stitched card using the Muse inspiration, I just hope it turns out how I'm imagining!  ;)


Thank you so much for dropping in ;)

Card:      Paper Mill Direct - White, Navy; Vellum
Stamps: Penny Black - Crystalline; Wild Rose Studios - Let It Snow
Ink:        Ranger - Perfect Medium
Other:    WOW! - Bright White Opaque, Silver Super Fine, White Twinkle, Metallic Gold Rich e/p; thread


  1. Wow, what a beautiful and clever take on the code word. I love your different embossed colors - great idea and very inspiring for me :)
    Thanks for playing along with my transparent challenge at ATCAS!

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    \outl0\strokewidth0 \strokec2 Sian, this is totally perfect for all the sketches, including transparent! How did you manage to heat emboss without crinkling the paper. I love this...very clever idea and I also like the gold at the right instead of the middle. It means you're not stuck on being symmetrical. Nothing has to be "just so" in card making, I think!}

  3. Wow, Sian, I absolutely love everything about this card!

  4. Oh, this is beautiful! Your banners are so lovely!

  5. Perfect way to display the snowflakes on the banners!!!! Thanks for playing along with the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge! :)

  6. Fabulous classy design... the vellum looks amazing embossed in silver and gold :0)
    Jenny x

  7. This is PERFECT for our code word, Transparent. I actually used vellum on my first effort for my DT card but I really didn't like it. I LOVE yours! Great job. Thanks so much for playing along at ATCAS xx

  8. Sian, this is so creative!!! ... and a perfect interpretation of our code word. I love the embossing on the banners with the stitched tops ....can't say enough about how much I LOVE this card! Thanks for joining us at ATCAS.

  9. j'adore! elle est superbe et tellement originale, biz

  10. Such a beautiful card! I love your embossing...it makes your card so elegant!

  11. I just love your embossed vellum banners! what a great card for all of these challenges!

  12. This is just beautiful Sian - love the three banners with the silver, white and gold embossed details. Especially nice that you've stitched them. Thanks so much for joining our challenge at A2CAS.

    Karen x

  13. I love these banners and I think they're just perfect! Congratulations on hitting so many challenges with this fantastic card. Thanks for sharing it with us at Merry Monday!

  14. You are having tons of fun with all these challenges, Sian! And ROCKING them, I might add! It is so cool to follow how your mind works while you arrive at your sensational creations. This card makes me think of pretty white window curtains - sheers so that you can see through them to the frosty snow on the tree branches!! Love it!! Hugs, Darnell

  15. The embossed vellum banners are so pretty! Wonderful take on the sketch!

  16. This is lovely! Thank you for joining us at CAS-ual Fridays!

  17. Wonderful card Sian, the vellum looks so pretty against the dark background. Thank you for joining us for Merry Monday.

  18. What your card *is*, Sian, is STUNNING! Your explanation was a delight to read, and your card - as you can see by the many comments - is the perfect fit for all the challenges. I'm calling winner!!

  19. The embossed vellum looks so great on the dark blue background. And the stitching is so lovely. Thanks for playing along with us in the CAS(E) this sketch! challenge and hope to see you again.

  20. Very creative take on the prompts you've used. I think they like it when someone thinks even MORE outside the box...and that you have done, and well! Very pretty card! :)

  21. So very pretty - I think you used the inspiration in a fabulous way - really creative!

  22. What a cool and creative card, love the banners and the way you decorated them. Thanks so much for joining us at Merry Monday.

  23. WOW , love your interperation on our wow challenge, you could always say that the stitching and the font are your stripes aswell. And deff snow for stars.. I love it and thanks for playing along with us over at WOW Embossing Powders


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